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Gift in your Will

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The impact of your bequest

Your support paves the way for us to envision and build a brighter future for some of the most vulnerable Victorians. By including Berry Street in your Will, you leave a legacy that will have a profound and enduring effect, positively impacting and saving lives, both today and for generations to come.

How a gift in your Will can support our work

Can you picture a future where families receive the support they need to stay together safely, and where children and young people can heal from violence and trauma?

By entrusting Berry Street with a bequest, regardless of its size, you are making an investment in a brighter future for the children, young people, and families who we work with.

Your bequest empowers us to continue providing innovative early intervention programs, preventing harm from occurring to children, young people, and families.

Together, we can create a world where children are healthy, happy, and free to fully participate in school, learn, achieve, and pursue the future they imagine for themselves.

Through delivering toys for Berry Street at Christmas many years ago, I came to know the staff very well. I realised what an excellent organisation it was, and that they have helped countless children and young people. It was natural that I should become a donor and, by extension, leave a gift for Berry Street in my Will. I contacted my solicitor, and it was arranged promptly.

Malcolm Berry Street bequestor

What kinds of bequest can you make?

There are various ways to leave a gift in your Will, ensuring the wellbeing of your family in the future. Even dedicating a portion of your Estate can profoundly impact the life of a child or young person in need.

  • Whole Estate Bequest: This is an exceptionally generous gift where you bequeath your entire Estate to Berry Street, creating a profound and life-changing impact on countless children, young people, and families.
  • Pecuniary Bequest: This is a specific monetary gift or a predetermined percentage of your estate that you designate for Berry Street in your Will.
  • Residual Bequest: With a residual bequest, you choose to allocate a portion of your estate to Berry Street. This is often stated as a percentage of what remains after you've taken care of your loved ones and expenses.

While we deeply appreciate any gift, the most impactful option for Berry Street is the 'Residual Bequest.' Many bequestors prefer this type of gift because it allows them to provide for their loved ones and leave a percentage of the remaining Estate to charity.

We recommend speaking with your solicitor to determine the gift that best suits your individual circumstances. Your choice can create a lasting legacy for those we serve and support.

I told [my three daughters] I wanted to leave a gift in my Will to Berry Street and they were delighted. My solicitor rewrote my Will, and it was straightforward to leave a gift for Berry Street and still look after my family.

Patricia Berry Street bequestor

How to include Berry Street in your Will

Incorporating a charitable gift for Berry Street in your Will is a straightforward process, accessible to anyone who wishes to make a difference. Follow these steps to ensure your legacy lives on:

  1. Determine your charitable gift: Begin by deciding the type of charitable gift you would like to leave in your Will. It's essential to have open conversations with your family and loved ones about your decision.
  2. Consult your solicitor or trustee company: Before making or updating your Will, we recommend consulting with your solicitor or Trustee Company. If you're looking for a Wills, probate and estate lawyer or Trustee Company, you can reach out to your local Law Society or Law Institute for assistance.
  3. Inform us of your intention: We would be delighted to hear about your intention to include Berry Street in your Will. Not only will we have the opportunity to express our gratitude, but we can also provide you with further insights into our work and its impact.

Your contribution will leave a lasting mark on the lives of those we serve, and your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated.

Request a Berry Street gift in Will brochure

To learn more about leaving a gift to Berry Street in your Will, please submit a request for our free gift in Will brochure to be sent to you via email or in the mail.

Contact us

For more information or to have a confidential discussion about leaving a gift in your Will to Berry Street, please get in touch.

Diana Doyle
Diana Doyle (she/her)

Major Gifts Manager

Thank you to our Berry Street bequestors

We are deeply appreciative to the bequestors who have chosen to make a lasting impact on the lives of some of Victoria's most vulnerable children and young people through the generous act of leaving a gift in your Will to Berry Street. Your legacy will continue to positively influence generations to come. Our deepest condolences go out to the families of those who have passed.

Estate of Geoffrey Frederick Kneebone

Estate of John Gray Bohn

Estate of Jonathan Nathan

Estate of Joyce Olga Evans

Estate of Lorna Darbyshire

Estate of Russel Malcolm Watson

Frequently asked questions

A gift in a Will, also known as a bequest, is a specific item, sum of money, or asset left to a designated recipient in a person's last Will and testament.

Once you’ve decided on the type of gift in your Will you wish to leave, your solicitor or other professional will need the below wording for your Will.

‘I (insert full name) give to Berry Street, of 3/588 Swan Street Richmond in the State of Victoria, for its general purposes, (indicate percentage) share/ residue/special gift of my estate or the sum of $(indicate dollar value) and I declare that the receipt of acknowledgement of its Chief Executive Officer or other authorised officer will be sufficient to discharge the responsibility of my Executors of Trustees in respect of this bequest.’

Yes. This is a wonderful way to honour your loved one. A memorial gift is different to a bequest, as it doesn’t come from your estate.

Firstly, thank you! Please consider letting us know, as we’d love the opportunity to thank you for your generous donation. Contact Diana Doyle on 0428 354 988 or by email